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||Geothermal (Ground-Source) Heat Pumps: Market Status, Barriers to Adoption, and Actions to Overcome Barriers|
Hughes, Patrick [ORNL]
|Publication Date:||2009 Jan 01|
|OSTI Identifier:||OSTI 973124|
|DOE Contract Number:||DE-AC05-00OR22725|
|Resource Relation:||Conference: GRC 2009 Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, USA, 20091004, 20091007|
|Research Org:||Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)|
|Sponsoring Org:||EE USDOE - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)|
|Subject:||15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; CLIMATES; ECONOMICS; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; GREENHOUSE GASES; GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMPS; HEAT PUMPS; MARKET; RECOMMENDATIONS; SECURITY|
|Keywords:||geothermal heat pumps; ground-source heat pumps; primary energy savings|
|Description/Abstract:||More effective stewardship of our resources contributes to the security, environmental sustainability, and economic well-being of the nation. Buildings present one of the best opportunities to economically reduce energy consumption and limit greenhouse gas emissions. Geothermal heat pump systems (GHPs), sometimes called ground-source heat pump or Geo-Exchange systems, have been proven capable of producing large reductions in energy use and peak demand in buildings. However, GHPs have received little attention at the policy level as an important component of a national energy and climate strategy. Have policymakers mistakenly overlooked GHPs, or are GHPs simply unable to make a major contribution to the national goals for various reasons? This brief study was undertaken at DOE s request to address this conundrum. The scope of the study includes determining the status of global GHP markets and the status of the GHP industry and technology in the United States, assembling previous estimates of GHP energy savings potential and other benefits, identifying key barriers to application of GHPs, and identifying actions that could accelerate market adoption of GHPs. The findings are documented in a report along with conclusions and recommendations. This paper summarizes the key information from the report.|
|Country of Publication:||US|
|System Entry Date:||2013 Jun 06|
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